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Zojirushi Fresh Brew - David Steiner's Review
Posted: November 29, 2009, 8:16am
review rating: 7.0
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Zojirushi Fresh Brew
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Arrow The Zojirushi Fresh Brew has 40 Reviews
Arrow The Zojirushi Fresh Brew has been rated 7.44 overall by our member reviewers
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Luke Yegerlehner 8.33
Rich Gore 8.25
Joe Marsh 8.25
Nancy Padberg 7.50
Loren Elliot 7.30

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.2
Manufacturer: Zojirushi Quality: 8
Average Price: $90.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $80.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Amazon Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I like coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: A very good, relatively  inexpensive if somewhat fragile machine that makes excellent coffee and keeps it warm without a hot plate, easy to use and clean.
Positive Product Points

No hot plate so coffee doesn't cook
Easy to clean inside and out
Makes good coffee quickly
Carafe keeps coffee warm for several hours

Negative Product Points

Somewhat fragile
Coffee filter use has to be learned.

Detailed Commentary

I've owned four of these. I have two, one in our winter and summer homes and I have always had two of the same model to keep me from making mistakes when I'm barely awake. We drink a little coffee all day, so having an insulated carafe is a must. The brewing cycle takes less than five minutes. I have owned four because the lid of the tank, all plastic, broke for no apparent reason after a couple of years and another simply quit one day and refused to brew. I had owned both for several years, so I had no recourse, but longevity is certainly an issue. On the other hand, both the brewer and carafe are very easy to clean by the usual means. The interior of the carafe is stainless, but of course it does stain. I put a tablespoon of dishwasher powder in the carafe, fill it with hot water, stir and leave it overnight. In the morning it's bright as new.

Some reviews have mentioned filter difficulties. Simply fold over #4 filters at the crimps and the filters fit perfectly. We're old and have used a large number of brewers over the years including vacuum and Chemex and the first electric drip machines. We have seen many improvements over the years and current machines, even very inexpensive ones, make better coffee than makers available 50 years ago. I like this one because it's very easy to prepare and clean.

It comes with a loose cap for the top of the carafe which I throw away. If you forget to remove it when you brew you can expect coffee all over the floor.

Buying Experience

We buy a great many things from Amazon and enjoy the quick shipping and mostly free shipping with Amazon Prime. We have never had an issue with the company that wasn't quickly resolved.

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